How do you get dressed in the morning? Is it a harrowing experience of opening your wardrobe and having nothing to wear; throwing on the first thing you see and rummaging through a drawer to find a random top that vaguely matches the crinkled trousers that you’ve left on your bedroom floor? Or do you plan your outfit the night before—carefully ironing at least two options for what you’ll wear on top of your skirt, trousers (or jeans)— depending on the weather forecast, your mood and whether or not you have appointments/ meetings that day?
I would like to say that I get dressed with military precision, but the reality is that it’s not always possible. For the most part, I plan my outfit for the following day in my head just before I go to bed, saving me from indecision and stress the next day. I do, however, sometimes change my mind because the weather can affect my mood and therefore, my choice. Sometimes a dress is what I need to make a dreary day transform into a cheerful one, or maybe, I feel like I want to go clean-cut and minimalist with a crisp, button down shirt and a jumper, matched with a pair of jeans or slightly tailored trousers. Most of the time I find myself reaching for something structured, which I might pair with an item that is softer, more floaty and slightly undone.
I’m a fan of black-on-black, so here I have added texture to break up my look; pairing a soft, slightly fitted top (which has the most adorable cape-like, sailor collar at the back), adding dimension to a pair of black, ankle-length woolen trousers which (as a shorty) I have turned up one hem width, to achieve the cropped look.
I have been searching for the perfect man-style woolen trousers for what has been the better part of my life. These will no doubt stand the test of time: the wool stays pressed, they never crinkle, and other than looking great with ankle boots, white trainers, blazers and just about every shirt, blouse or top imaginable, they also feel super cozy on those chilly winter days, putting an abrupt end to the alternative of staying home in a pair of track pants, vowing never to leave the house…until the sun comes out.
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